Thursday, May 18, 2023, 6 – 7 p.m.
Join the History Center’s book club as we discuss Lawson Fusao Inada’s award-winning 1997 poetry book, Drawing the Line. Inada is a third-generation Japanese-American author from Fresno, California, born in 1938. He was named Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 2006. In 1942, when he was a small child, Inada and his family were sent to internment camps, first in Fresno, then in Arkansas and Colorado. He was one of the youngest to live in the camps. A jazz bass player, he studied poetry with Philip Levine at Fresno State University. Both jazz and Inada’s experiences of internment are influences in his writing, which also touches on the subjects of racism, spirituality, and music. Join us as we discuss his work, his life, and ties to Central Florida history.
Participation is free. RSVP requested.